Tales of the Otherworld (Review)

Book cover for "Tales of the Otherworld" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: Tales of the Otherworld

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 496

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Have you ever wondered how lone wolf Clayton Danvers finally got bitten by the last thing he ever expected: love? Or how the hot-blooded bad-girl witch Eve Levine managed to ensnare the cold, ruthless corporate sorcerer Kristof Nast in one of the Otherworld’s most unlikely pairings? Would you like to be a fly on the wall at the wedding of Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne as their eminently practical plans are upended by their well-meaning friends? Or tag along with Lucas and Paige as they investigate a gruesome crime that looks to be the work of a rogue vampire?

Now devotees of the Otherworld can share these special moments with some of their favorite characters — as well as discovering deeper insights into the lives of some of the lesser-known players. But even readers new to the Otherworld universe will find much to love in these seven tales of friendship, adventure, and enduring romance. For when the superhuman men and women of the Otherworld set their minds to a task, they do so with fierce passion and an undivided sense of purpose that make them, in the end, very much human.

(This is a collection of short stories that accompanies the Women of the Otherworld series.)

By the time I got to the end of the Otherworld series, I wanted there to be more. And thankfully, there are tons of other stories about the characters out there. First, I went ahead and read Men of the Otherworld and this collection, but they were just the jumping of point for me to go on and read all the various short stories I could find.

What I liked in Tales of the Otherworld more than in the previous collection was that it was a mix of characters. Whereas MOTO was comprised of stories written only from the point of view of the werewolves, TOTO was a mix of stories from the male and female characters.

Though the adventure stories – like El Chupacabra – were interesting, I found myself drawn mostly to the stories of how the couples in the series had found each other. I loved the story of how Elena and Clayton met and fell in love, leading up to him biting her, and I felt like I finally understood more about the difficulties that Eve and Kristoff faced by reading about how they met as well.

Tales of the Otherworld is a great addition to the series.


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